Context, Content, and Users June 17, 2009
As I work through my final project I need to work through many questions including the following:
- How is the web site currently laid out?
- What Metadata Schema do we need for Online ILL forms? Can our current CMS support these needs?
- Who will oversee the web site (site administrator)?
- What is our current ROT policy, does it need to be updated, and who is in charge of seeing that the ROT policy is carried out?
- Who will have authoring and publishing access?
- What policies are in place or need to be created regarding what content goes on the website?
- Who will train new employees about these policies and how to add content to the site?
- What do the users want to find on our site?
- What shared/common vocabulary is there between the library staff and patrons?
- Which web pages on our site get more traffic?
Final Project Outline June 13, 2009
Website to be evaluated: http://www.manhattan.lib.ks.us/myaccount/borrowing.shtml
Content – pdf documents, blogs, databases, online catalog, pictures, online forms, calendars, RSS feeds
Context – non-profit, government funded institution
Users – patrons & potential patrons (community members, parents, students K-12 and college, researchers, leisure readers), librarians.
Team members – Representatives from each area: library board, IT dept., Circulation dept., librarians (children, teen and adult), and administration.
- Create an online form for Interlibrary loan requests
- Re-evaluate organization, labeling, search features, and navigation
- Create more redundant links (navigation and organization) o Use of pull-down tabs (organization and labeling)
- Always have a link to the previous page and home page (navigation)
- Add a site search feature with a controlled vocabulary (search)
- Meet with web development team to create project mission and vision statements.
- Meet with IT department or web administrator to find out limitations of web software.
- Complete content analysis with content map.
- Heuristic Evaluation – will have to be approved by the library board for funding
- User Testing – before and after
- Use Card Sorting method for organization and labeling with development team members.
- Research other library web sites (similar in demographics, collection size, and user population) and complete a Competitive Benchmarking evaluation.
Final Project Process Update June 7, 2009
I found this week’s assignment to be a very good start. It helped me organize my thoughts and get a good picture of what is next and where I want to end up at the end of this project.
I am excited to start working on gliffy.com and create my concept map and wireframe. I think this will be very helpful for me as I am a visual learnerand this will be a great visual layout to see how the website is laid out now and what it will look like when I’m done.
I will be evaluating the Manhattan, Kansas Public Library web site:
Final Project Idea June 6, 2009
Since I am going into School Library Media, I was hoping to do a school district website for this final project. In looking at my school district’s website and some around where I live, I don’t think any of them will meet the requirements.
During my undergrad I worked for the public library in Manhattan, Kansas. My in-laws are very frequent users of this library. In talking with my father-in-law about some of the frustrations he has encountered over the years, I think using the Manhattan Public Library’s website will be a great opportunity to look at it differently and find ways to streamline the information and make the website work for it’s audience.